Councillors strap on the gloves for charity boxing event

Dan Davies doesn’t posses any other worldly boxing knowledge or skill.

He’s not Mohammed Ali or Joe Frazier. More than flying like a butterfly or stinging like a bee, he just hopes he can move after October 7.

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That’ll be a day of reckoning for the councillor, when he straps on the boxing gloves and takes on fellow councillor Trevor Bolin in a charity boxing match as part of the Fivestar Mixed Martial Arts North Peace Charity boxing night at the Pomeroy Hotel.

“David was a lot smaller than goliath though, maybe I can get slingshot out,” Davies joked, as he talked about his height disadvantage against Bolin. “I was one of five boys and I was the youngest. I’ll probably use some of those strategies that I used on my older brothers… I’m not a boxer, but I did wrestling in junior high school.”

Davies boasts little experience in the boxing ring, but has on many occasions gone head to head with Bolin before. That includes one other time in the competitive arena, as there was an “intense” speed skating race when the skating oval opened at the Pomeroy Sport Centre and Davies claimed victory on that occasion.

“[No experience] other than the love of raising money for charity and I don’t like pain so hopefully Trevor will soften the blow… and I want to beat Trevor,” Davies said with a laugh. 

Davies scored early points with a few jabs at his opponent Tuesday at a photo op, as Bolin wasn’t able to make an appearance. That still didn’t persuade Fivestar CEO Justin Donally or special guest referee Lori Ackerman from handicapping the prized fight.

“I need to see them spar,” Donally quipped.

“I don’t bet,” Ackerman said.

The event will feature a total of 16 different matches that will vary from kickboxing, grappling and other programs the gym hosts. Donally said it’ll be good to showcase some of the programs they have while also doing some good in the community.

“We have some teens doing some exhibitions and I have a couple four year-olds doing a kickboxing demo with each other… it’s going to be a bit different than our fight shows, not going to be as crazy or tense. We want it to be fun and all about the kids,” Donally said.

The original goal was to raise $25,000 to help kids pay for programs at Fivestar, but Donally added with the response before tickets have even gone on sale, he believes $40,000 is a realistic goal.

“People have been coming in and wanting to reserve [tickets],” Donally said Tuesday before they went on sale. “It’s a guaranteed sellout. I set a goal [of raising] $25,000 and I think we are hopefully going to blow that out of the water.”

Tickets for the event go on sale today at Fivestar Training Facility as well as Marc Joseph & Trends.

The list of fights so far includes:

 

Brad Stewart vs Jared McComb
Dylan Lielke vs Corey Mackie
Gary "Grizzly" Peck vs Phil "Bring The Pain" Dufresne
Travis "Last Dance" Lussier vs Joe Westbrook
Matt Kertesz vs Dan Westbrook
Murray McDonald vs Dakota Huard
Nick Young "Gun" vs Kevin Winkler
"The Ice Queen" Ashley Rouble vs TBA
Amanda Rogers vs TBA
Robin Combs vs TBA
Carter Johnson vs TBA

*Special Councillor vs Councillor Match*

Trevor Bolin vs Dan Davies
(Guest referee Mayor Lori Ackerman)

World Heavyweight Tae Kwon Do Champion Jon Zaleski vs Former KOTC Heavyweight Champion Raphael Bergmann

GRAPPLING -

Chuck Grace vs Noah Goertz
Lee Coogan vs Tate Rawling

KIDS MARTIAL ARTS DEMOS

Cruz Gordon vs Jackson Hedland
Elvis Walter vs Hayzen Basisky
Mason Williams vs TBA

Guest appearances by Canadian UFC standouts Mitch Clarke & Sheldon Westcott

 

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